Swat District

district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Swat District is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The capital of Swat is Saidu Sharif, but the main city in Swat is Mingora. It was a princely state until 1969, when it was dissolved and made part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is the third largest district in KPK with a population of 2,309,570. It is mainly populated by Pashtuns who speak the Pashto language.

Swat District
سوات ولسوالۍ‎
The Valley of Swat
Nickname: 
Switzerland of Pakistan
Map of Swat district

With many lakes, green meadows and mountains, it is popular with tourists.

Location

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Swat is surrounded by Chitral, Upper Dir and Lower Dir in the West, Gilgit-Baltistan in North, Upper and Lower Kohistan, Buner and Shangla in the East and south East.

Administrative divisions

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The District of Swat is subdivided into 7 Tehsils[1] i.e.

  1. Tehsil Babuzai
  2. Tehsil Matta
  3. Tehsil Khwaza Khela
  4. Tehsil Barikot
  5. Tehsil Kabal
  6. Tehsil Charbagh
  7. Tehsil Bahrain

Demographics

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Swat is populated mostly by ethnic Pashtuns and Kohistani communities. The main language spoken is Pashto, with a minority of Torwali and Kalami Kohistani speakers in the Swat Kohistan region of Upper Swat.

According to 1981 census, Pashto is main language and spoken by 90.28% of population while Kohistani is spoken by 8.67%.

References

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